Cheap Costumes in a Crunch

Halloween is less than a week away and if you don’t have your costume picked out yet you’re probably freaking out a little. Instead of buying an overpriced, generic or “sexy” costume from a costume shop, take a look around your house! I’m willing to bet you have most, if not all, of the elements for a Halloween costume right in front of you!


skeleton costume

A skeleton is a relatively easy costume to pull off for Halloween – but it does take some make-up skills. There are tons of tutorials out there on how to create the skeleton look, and it’s actually a lot easier than you’d think. Once the make-up is done, you can wear basically anything you want.

If you have the time and want to take it a step further*, you can go to the dollar store and buy plastic spiders and fake webs to add to your hair.

*I added tights and gloves to my costume – but I planned ahead. Since Halloween is less than a week away, and this post is about cheap costumes I’m leaving those details out.


If you have an all black outfit but don’t have the make-up skills or steady hand for the skeleton look, you can quickly transform yourself into a black cat. All you need is a black eyeliner for the makeup! Paint the tip of your nose black, add some whiskers, and you’re all set. If you want to get a little more fancy with your face, there are plenty of tutorials out there.

Need ears? There’s a great tutorial here on how to make cat ears using scissors, a greeting card, bobby pins, some tape, and a black marker.


zombie car hop

You can basically pair anything in your closet with some zombie make-up and have a super creepy, and very relevant, Halloween costume.

Zombie make-up is super cheap, and you don’t have to have make-up artist skills in order for it to look good. A pale face, with darkened eyes and fake blood will do the trick. Of course, if you want to get a little more into it, you can purchase the ‘rotten skin’ kits from the store and have a little more fun. If you can’t find a costume store near you, zombie make-up kits can be purchased at any CVS, Walgreens, Target, etc.


Have a blue dress in your closet and time to run to the story to buy some devil ears? Pair them together and you can go as a devil in a blue dress!


For this costume, all you need is some spandex leggings, a bathing suit, leg warmers (or thick socks) and a hoodie. You can also cut the neck off of an oversized sweatshirt or t-shirt to create the off-the-shoulder look that was big in the 80’s.

If you have all of these elements in bright colors, that’s an added bonus!

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